New schemes of work for French, German and Spanish lessons in primary schools have been published by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.
All primaries are expected to teach languages to 7- to 11-year-olds by 2010 and the subject will become compulsory in 2011.
The schemes consist of 24 units in each language, ranging from "All About Me" to "What's in the news?" The latter unit aims to get children reading enough to get the gist of a news story in a foreign paper or on the internet. The units are designed to last half a term.
The teachers' guide stresses that the schemes are non-statutory and intended to be used flexibly.
Although the content is aimed at key stage 2, it can be adapted for KS1.